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TEXTILE EXHIBITION: The Art of Egyptian Tentmakers

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 29/03/2014 - 31/03/2014
All Day

Location
Norman Chapel, Durham Castle

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Skilled craftsmen have for centuries created tent linings of remarkable charm. The tentmakers bazaar in a covered street of old Cairo has formed part of the popular culture as well as traditional economy of Egypt, and travellers from afar as well as Cairenes have long been drawn to it.

Contemporary appliquéd pieces of extraordinary design, craftsmanship and colour have been commissioned for this exhibit in Durham. In a variety of sizes, the pieces serve as wall hangings, bedspreads, and pillow coverings. They are not woven, as are European tapestries, but stitched with amazing dexterity.

These Pieces Can Be Viewed in the Norman Chapel, Durham Castle Palace Green, Durham

  • Saturday 29 March 2014, 10.00 – 17.00
  • Sunday 30 March 2014, 10.00 – 18.00
  • Monday 31 March, 2014, 10.00 – 18.00

    There will also be two public lectures in the Senate Room, Durham Castle Sunday 30 March at 18.00

  • Jenny Bowker, “Stitch Like an Egyptian”
  • Seif El Rashidi, “The History of Islamic Textiles”

    Contemporary appliqued pieces of extraordinary design, craftsmanship and colour have been commissioned for this Durham Exhibit. Designs vary from the geometric, echoing patterns found on local doors and mosques, to the more fluid calligraphic, and even the folkloric. The exhibition is curated by Jenny Bowker, an Australian textile artist and distinguished quilter. She has earned international respect for her expertise on Egyptian applique and her own quilts evocative of modern Egyptian themes (www.jennybowker.com).

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